Ending the Lahad Datu stand-off

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COMMENT It was not unintentional that the Sulu invaders ended up in Kampong Tanduo near Lahad Datu in Sabah. They are here not because their boats ran adrift.

They came armed and prepared to stake their long-standing claim to land they believe was owned by their ancestors. They are adamant they won’t return to their place of origin empty-handed.

From the statements reported to be issued by Malacanang Palace in Manila, we can assume that the intruders have the moral support of Filipinos.

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